Remember the London Riots?


Elias Isquith

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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Oh, that was a good thread.Report

  2. Avatar billm99uk says:

    Yes but its The Guardian. British papers (much more so than American) write to a very specific cross-section of their potential audience and for the Guardian’s readership riots are always due to police brutality, racism and poverty. You could write you the Daily Mail version of the story, concluding pretty much the opposite, regardless of the actual events just as easily.Report

  3. Avatar billm99uk says:

    Not a paper I’m familiar with, I’ll admit. Though I imagine they’ll have less cricket coverage…Report

  4. Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

    “The police is the biggest gang out there.”

    A statement I have some sympathy with, as it is, in a historical sense, literally and incontrovertibly true.  The police got to be the police by being the biggest gang out there.

    Something in the ensuing logic just doesn’t hold though.  They’re the biggest gang out there?  Great, I’ll bash someone else!Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird says:

    To be perfectly honest, if I were a rioter that just wanted to throw bricks through the windows of Pakistani shopkeepers (London for Londoners!) and, months later, someone came up and asked “why were you rioting?”, I’m pretty sure that I would say something like “I wanted to stand up to police brutality” instead of “friggin’ immigrants, man”.

    Perhaps British people have more integrity than I, though, and would tell the truth to the Guardian if asked.Report

  6. Avatar billm99uk says:

    Perhaps British people have more integrity than I, though, and would tell the truth to the Guardian if asked.

    I doubt it.

    “friggin’ immigrants, man”.

    Ah, now that’s what you’d tell The Daily Mail 😉Report